Swiggy, Blinkit and other app-based hyperlocal delivery apps have taken care of one of our biggest headaches, going out to buy groceries. These apps deliver everything or anything you want to your doorstep within a couple of minutes. However, there is a product you can’t find on the Android version of Swiggy, Dunzo or any other hyperlocal delivery apps. And that product is tobacco.
Why are tobacco products banned on Android?
Yes, you can not order tobacco products on any of the hyperlocal delivery apps on Android, whether it is Swiggy, Dunzo or Zepto. But why? Well, it is because Google Play Store does not facilitate the sale of tobacco products. Simply put, Google does not allow apps on the Play Store that sell tobacco or even e-cigarettes or vape pens. Also, the apps promoting tobacco products are not allowed to be listed on the Play Store. And that is why Swiggy, Dunzo and other hyperlocal services can not sell cigarettes or alcohol on their android apps.
“We don’t allow apps that facilitate the sale of tobacco (including e-cigarettes and vape pens) or encourage the illegal or inappropriate use of alcohol or tobacco,” reads the Google policy page on inappropriate contents.
However, you can order tobacco products from these hyperlocal services using the iOS version of any of these apps. Also, a few apps have found a turnaround for Google’s policy, which allows these companies to sell tobacco on Android smartphones.
As far as we know, Google updated its Play Store policy earlier this year in January, including tobacco and alcohol in the list of inappropriate content. Soon, these hyperlocal services, including Swiggy, Dunzo and others, started removing the tobacco products listed on their app per Google’s new policy. But, before that, tobacco products were easily available on the Android version of these apps.